The Evolution of the American Synagogue

By Jonathan D. Sarna

NYU Press, 1995

The author focuses on one aspect of American Jewish communal evolution: the development of the American synagogue. He states that change has historically come about in the American Jewish community through a process of challenge and response. Furthermore, communal challenges have usually been met in ways that reflect different strategic analyses of how best to promote communal survival. He also argues that young Jews have played a disproportionate role in promoting communal change and that changes in the American Jewish community in many cases run parallel to changes taking place in other American faith communities and within the nation at large.

Topic: History, Congregations and Synagogues, Professionalism, Organizational Development, Young Adults, Change, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: The Americanization of the Jews

Editor: Cohen, Norman J. , Seltzer, Robert M.

Page Number(s): 215-229

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Sarna, Jonathan D. The Evolution of the American Synagogue. The Americanization of the Jews. NYU Press. 1995: 215-229.


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